The Djibouti Football Federation (DFF) has accepted to host the 2021 CECAFA Senior Women’s Challenge Cup.
Auka Gacheo, the Executive Director of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) told SNA on Friday ahead of the CAF General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.
“We held a CECAFA meeting which was well attended at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat on Thursday and deliberated on several issues including the calendar for 2021,” said Gacheo.
He said besides Djibouti hosting the Women’s Senior Challenge Cup, Uganda will host the CECAFA U-20 Women’s Challenge Cup, while the CECAFA Kagame Club Championship will be played in Tanzania.
The meeting also decided that Ethiopia hosts the CECAFA men’s Challenge Cup which will this time be played by U-23 players. To qualify for the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League, Kenya will host the Zonal qualifier. It will be the first time that Djibouti hosts a CECAFA tournament.
“It was confirmed that Somalia will not participate in the Women’s Champions League qualifier. All other members have confirmed participation in the Women’s Champions League apart from Eritrea and Rwanda who are yet to confirm,” added Gacheo.
The meeting resolved that all Club and Senior competitions will be staged between June and August when the Leagues are on a break, while the age grade competitions will be staged during School breaks.
Wallace Karia, the CECAFA President and boss of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) said that they expect to have a busy calendar this year. “We are confident that we shall have successful tournaments in the five different countries. We need to have as many tournaments as possible to improve talent in the region,” added Karia.
Last year the CECAFA region only organized two tournaments, the U-20 Afcon and U-17 Afcon qualifiers for boys in Tanzania and Rwanda respectively.
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